June 16, 2019 Subject:
Standing on the shoulder of Brent
This show is part of the NYE run and is known for having the first China>Rider in the Bay Area since 12/29/77. It's a shoulder show, sitting right in between the two best of the run - the next night is arguably Brent's best show to date - though this series is good enough that even the 3rd best of the 5 is above average.
First Set. Jumping out t'gate with a crackling Jack Straw and They Love Each Other. Get your protein pills and helmet for this perfect Cassidy - the set peaks early. The next couple are tight but rote, though Dough Knees is strong. Funny, for Beat it on Down the Line-12, Bobby calls out for "this job I got". It's a short set but sweet selection, mostly tight as a top.
Second Set. China Cat returns to the Bay, but sounds like it just returns. The tightness comes back for Rider and mostly stays there. In this nice Eyes of the World, listen to how they magically fall in synch @5:53>6:17. Lost Sailor is the low point, and Saint is not the most exploratory of the '79 Saint Jams, but it does hit on a riff right before Drums. Black Peter is a long one, with a nice end jam. It chokes off from here, but the encore is free toast. Nice tempo, nailed harmonies, head satisfaction.
1st Set: B- 2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3¼ stars
Cassidy - set peak
Brokedown Palace - this tempo, these harmonies
SOURCES: The miller_81601 is the best for the 1st set, though the tunings are cut abruptly. The severson_miller_clugston has the best clarity for the AUD-only 2nd set, though you might need some EQ: it's missing some upper mids. Both run a bit slow, needing +1% pitch correction.